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07 July 21

The Payments Landscape in the UK after Brexit

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The UK payments industry highly values the work of the European Payments Council (EPC) and its members ensured the UK retained its membership of the Single Euro Payments...

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23 June 21

SWIFT – latest developments in cross border payments

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), one of the largest financial messaging systems in the world’s international payment network is constantly...

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09 June 21

SRTP scheme - a major advance for European payments

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Request-to-Pay (SRTP) scheme covers a wide range of use cases and business models, applicable in many sectors. The scheme can be considered...

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26 May 21

Pushing the frontiers of payments: towards a global payments area

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of the BIS or CPMI and they should not be attributed to the European Payments Council.  The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), the global standard setter that aims to enhance the...

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12 May 21

Using CoP to mitigate fraud and mistakes in online payments

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. SurePay was founded in 2016, providing the Confirmation of Payee (CoP) to all major Dutch banks since 2017 and recently implemented this service in the United Kingdom (UK)....

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28 April 21

Instant payments in Bulgaria

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Bulgarian payment services company BORICA AD launched BLINK, its local-currency (lev) instant payments project, at the beginning of this month. The project is compliant...

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13 April 21

Empowering European payments with SCT Inst

The instant payments space had been gaining significant traction in recent years, and access to immediate funds has become paramount for consumers and businesses in particular in the current pandemic. We launched the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme almost three and a half years ago, and...

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25 March 21

The PCI Security Standards maintaining payment security

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global organisation that maintains, evolves and promotes PCI standards for the safety of cardholder...

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11 March 21

The Spunta project – blockchain for Italian interbank reconciliation

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Spunta Banca distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a project promoted by the Italian Banking Association (ABI) and coordinated by ABI Lab. It has been fully operational...

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25 February 21

European payments: looking back and ahead

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The European payment landscape is going through a considerable transformation due to technological developments, entry by new actors and regulatory changes. We interviewed...

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11 February 21

The opportunity for the LEI in 2021

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is the body responsible for managing the implementation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) - a unique global identifier...

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26 January 21

Instant payment environment in Slovenia

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Since November 2020, the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme has been in use in Slovenia, where six payment service providers (PSPs) have joined the scheme to...

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15 December 20

SRTP: the newest EPC scheme

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. On 30 November 2020, the European Payment Council (EPC) launched the first version of its Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Request-To-Pay (SRTP) scheme rulebook. The SRTP...

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19 November 20

The Nordic Payments Council is creating the new Nordic payment schemes

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Nordic Payments Council (NPC) developed the first Nordic payment schemes, based on and close to the European Payments Council’s (EPC) Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)...

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04 November 20

Country profile: cashless Iceland

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Did you know that bank cards are ubiquitous in Iceland and that local banks are all involved in projects to increase public awareness on the importance of financial literacy?...

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22 October 20

The new Retail Payments Strategy for the EU

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) initiative has been a key enabler for the integration of the retail payments market in the European Union (EU): the development of...

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07 October 20

ECB takes steps to ensure pan-European reach of instant payments

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) Governing Council, in line with the European Commission’s (EC) objectives, has taken an important move towards the full reach of instant...

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23 September 20

Country profile: digital and instant payments are the norm in Estonia

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. We continue our series of European payment landscapes with a profile of Estonia. Estonia is a frontrunner for card payments, and its PSP community was among the first to...

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09 September 20

EPI: towards a new European payment solution?

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. In early July a group of major European banks announced the launch of the European Payments Initiative (EPI) with the aim of creating a unified payment solution for consumers...

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